China hopes to establish dialogue mechanism with Gulf states to discuss regional security issues
China reaffirmed its opposition to unilateral sanctions by the United States against Iran while supporting efforts to revive the 2015 JCPOA deal during a meeting Friday between Chinese and Iranian foreign ministers.
A summary of the meeting between Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amir-Abdollahian in China’s Jiangsu province was posted online on Saturday.
During his visit, Amir-Amirabdollahian planned to announce a 25-year cooperation agreement between Iran and China.
Wang said the US bore primary responsibility for the ongoing problems with the Islamic Republic after it withdrew from the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal between Iran and the great power.
Under the JCPOA, Iran would restrict uranium enrichment activity, making it more difficult to develop nuclear weapons in return for the lifting of international sanctions.
However, Tehran denies plans for nuclear weapons.
Wang said China would support a resumption of nuclear pact negotiations.
He added that China is firmly opposed to “illegal unilateral sanctions” against Iran, and accused the US of political manipulation and meddling in the internal affairs of Iran and other regional countries.
Iran and the world powers remain embroiled in talks over whether a compromise can be found to renew a nuclear deal amid concerns about escalation.
A source close to the negotiations said on Friday that many issues remain unresolved. Reuters reported.
Wang noted that China hopes to establish a dialogue mechanism with Gulf states to discuss regional security issues.